Friday, November 27, 2009

Fur Free Friday

Today, November 27, 2009 is the nationwide Fur Free Friday. Although it is not a very pleasant subject to discuss, it's a very necessary one. Unfortunately, so many people are still unaware of the cruelty that abounds across the world towards defenseless animals. Please remember to keep fur, leather, sheepskin, sealskin and duck & goose down off your shopping list and do all that you can to remind others.

Here's what my favorite animal organization, In Defense of Animals, has to say (since they say it much better than I could):

Over 50 million animals are mercilessly killed and skinned every year to make fur products. The victims of such violence are either raised in filthy, tiny wire cages for their entire miserable lives before being anally electrocuted or bludgeoned to death, or they are trapped in hideously cruel leg-holds and snares in the wild. Killing animals for their fur by any means or method is horrific and morally unacceptable. To continue to inflict so much pain, suffering, and death unnecessarily at a time when there is no need to use fur as a source to make clothes or trinkets is simply unfathomable. There is now a profusion of other synthetic or natural fibers that can do the job both functionally and with a fashion sense in mind. We must convince shoppers to remain steadfast in their decision to never buy fur as well as effectively encourage others to make the same choice. While many companies have pledged to go fur-free, other popular brands continue to profit handsomely from animal suffering.

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